Published Nov 26, 2010Over the past week, a pair of explosions in New Zealand's Pike River Mine resulted in the deaths of 29 miners. It just so happens that this tragedy coincides with an Australian tour by U2 and Jay-Z, who launched the outing last night (November 25) in Auckland, New Zealand. During the show, both acts offered their support to the grieving nation.
The NZ Herald reports that Bono told the crowd, "People deal with grief in all sorts of ways. In Ireland, we sing."
The band then launched into "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "One Tree Hill" as the names of the miners scrolled across the big screen. You can see footage of the performance below.
Opener Jay-Z paid his own tribute to the lost miners, saying, "They will always be in our hearts and they will always be forever young."
On the same night, Jay-Z joined U2 on stage to perform rarity "Scarlet." According to @U2, this marked the first time the band have played the song since 1981. See video of the performance below [via Consequence of Sound].